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SUBWAY DANCER AND OTHER STORIES is a new collection of gripping short fiction by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the bestselling author of many beloved novels.
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Madison Square Garden as you certainly know is home to plenty of subway lines. Naveh tried for space on the 1 train platform, but there was the usual guy playing steel drums. But something felt different about that everyday station. He set up his battery-powered speaker and his microphone in the middle of the express platform.
The War Against Subway Dancers Rages On (With Shaky Logic)
Immediately, he says, it was a party. Imagine someone awesome wearing a cool-looking synthetic jacket made of neon fur being really sad about a breakup but also happy that their friends are there and someone brought cake and your boss told you your vacation might last forever. And it was a rager underground at 34th Street.
It was thanks to Naveh. Surely Naveh will have more good nights in the future, whether he goes viral or just his creation does.
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Catherine Ryan Hyde - Wikipedia
I've worked hard to achieve this. Like many authors who at last reap success, Hyde toiled for years before seeing any concrete return from her writing. What's of much more concern to her now is her reputation as a literary writer. The writer, whose first novel, Funerals for Horses , and collection of short stories, Earthquake Weather , were published by the ephemeral Russian Hill Press of San Francisco, still sees little difference between Pay It Forward and those first works, which garnered critical acclaim but just a small readership.
Until Pay It Forward was published, people would say, 'You're an extremely good writer, but it's not the kind of stuff that sells: kind of dark, kind of literary. If you could write something a little more uplifting The story of a man's descent into lonely fury and then his slow climb back to human connection, it explores a theme she says underlies all her work: the common ground people share.
If we could get better at seeing that in each other, we could get over our racism, our classism, our sexism, the here's us and that's them, and I don't know about them. Hyde's ability to describe the hardscrabble side of life comes from personal experience. Her father played the guitar and bass, performing in clubs while working many jobs "to support his music habit. Writing runs in the family: her sister, Leslie, a transsexual, is published too.
Hyde discovered her own writing ability in high school--"a tough city school, racially mixed and dangerous"--where a humorous essay she wrote caught the attention of her beloved English teacher. You're good at this. At home, she tried to stay out of the way of her older sisters, and at school she felt ignored because she was not special enough either athletically or socially. Not only did her English teacher make her feel she was really good at something, he also exposed her to a whole new world of books.
It was in his class that she read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest , Twelve Angry Men , Flowers for Algernon and Of Mice and Men , "books about down-and-out people, the kind of people you might not spend time with personally, but you could explore in fiction," and which she feels still inform her writing more than anything she's read since. Realizing she could write and becoming a writer were two very different things, however, and it would take her 20 years before she would make the necessary commitment to the craft.
At 17, she left Buffalo for New York City, escaping family, school and even her identity by dropping Feinberg for a new name, Ryan, which belonged to a good friend. She never attended college. By 18, she was in L.
The dog business provided Hyde with lots of material for her writing. But at the time it was just a job, one that made her overreach financially, and she eventually abandoned it. She started two novels while she was working, "but then I stopped, because I was very much in denial about my whole life, very numb, and the emotional level was so shallow that I started to bore myself. In April , a few weeks short of her 30th birthday, Hyde moved to Cambria, a tourist town midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, where her mother had settled four years previously.
Subway Dancer and Other Stories
She intended to stay only for a few months. But two weeks after her arrival, she decided she wasn't going to go back to L. In Cambria, Hyde worked a series of part-time jobs: at a yogurt shop, an answering service and a restaurant as a pastry chef. In the winter of '91, the restaurant closed down and Hyde found herself out of a job in the off-season. Resigned to at least two months of unemployment, she woke up one morning realizing that now she had no excuse not to write.
She did not do it in a vacuum. Hyde wrote fast. She fruitlessly contacted 25 agents about Walter's Purple Heart and gathered rejections from magazines for her short stories. Two years later, still unpublished, she attended the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference, where she came within one vote of winning the conference prize for fiction.
She also picked up a few marketing tips, and within a few months she received her first story acceptance, five days later her second and nine days after that, her third.
By , Hyde had written several dozen short stories, Walter's Purple Heart , Funerals for Horses and was starting Pay It Forward , though her novels were still unpublished. It was that year that Ann Sheldon and partner Michael Vidor of the Hardy Agency in Sausalito saw one of Hyde's stories in a magazine called Bottom Fish and contacted her regarding representation. It was a match made in heaven. Although Russian Hill Press closed after two short publishing seasons, it was a fellow Russian Hill author, whose own book had been signed by Jonathan Treisman of Flatiron Films, who introduced Hyde to Hollywood.
Vidor sold Treisman Pay It Forward , although it had still not been sold for publication, and according to Hyde, he bought it only reluctantly. Then, in July '98, Treisman sold it to Warner, and Hollywood began to buzz. Dutton, St.